Despina Katsikakis joins Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Despina Katsikakis to a full-time role advising the firm’s clients. For more than 30 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide.
As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she will provide input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing, the company informed.
During her career Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft, on how best to achieve tangible business goals through their workplaces. She has been instrumental in developing the vision and research to futureproof commercial developments around the world, most recently London’s TwentyTwo, the progressive 1.3m sq ft office development currently under construction in the City of London and Europe’s first major WELL-certified new-build project.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Katsikakis was Chair of international consultancy DEGW and Senior Vice President in Global Corporate Solutions at AECOM. More recently she has worked as interim Global Head of Workplace for Barclays and as an independent adviser to a range of international corporate clients and real estate investors. She serves on the advisory board of Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate and creators of the WELL Building Standard, and writes, lectures and teaches internationally.
Commenting on Despina’s appointment, John Forrester, Chief Executive EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield, said, “She will work with our clients to understand their evolving need and to help formulate their future strategy. Both the challenge and the opportunity are global, and so it is right that we have a world-leading expert spearheading our investment in this space. Business performance underpins Cushman & Wakefield’s strategic real estate offer, and Despina’s unique insight and global expertise will be of huge benefit to clients across the firm.”